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  • Risks of nanotechnology remain uncertain

    Toxicology experiments on nanomaterials often seem to run the same way: put some nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, or other kind of nanosized structures in a petri dish, water column, soil sample, or lab test tube of choice. Then expose daphnids, microbes, zebrafish, pig lung cells, human skin cells, or other model organisms to the new and exciting materials. Sit back and see what ...

  • Effects of the infinitely small - Are the risks of nanotechnologies appropriatly assessed by current methods?

    Engineered particles of nanometre size can have unique properties and very different effects on health and the environment compared to the same material at larger sizes. New or modified methods are needed to better determine the properties of nanoparticles, measure exposure to them, assess their potential hazard, and detect their movement in the body and in the ...


    By GreenFacts

  • Assessing the ecotoxicological risks of nanoparticles

    A new study highlights the need for more research aimed at understanding the effects of nanoparticles on the environment. Efforts should focus on developing more sensitive analytical methods for characterising and detecting nanoparticles, say the researchers. The study discusses engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), a diverse class of nanoscale particles that do not occur in nature, including ...

  • Responsible development of nanotechnology

    On December 7, 2013, the Journal of Nanoparticle Research published online an article entitled “Occupational safety and health criteria for responsible development of nanotechnology.” The authors, who are affiliated with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nanotechnology: How Green Can It Be?

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) – The ability to use nanotechnology to reduce pollution, conserve resources and build a 'clean' economy now exists, finds a new report 'Green Nanotechnology: It's Easier Than You Think.' But environmentalists are at odds about how green nanotechnology can be. Not all nanoparticles are harmful to human health and the environment, but some are. Nanotech critics fear ...

  • NNI posts report on symposium on assessing the economic impact of nanotechnology

    The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has posted a report on its March 2012 international “Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology.” NNI held the symposium in conjunction with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) hosted it. Participants included scientists, ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nanotechnology and its implications for environmental legislation

    The major problem for environmental legislation arising from nanotechnology is the size of nano-particles. Nano, meaning dwarf, is measured in nanometers or billionths of a meter. One way of contamination is penetration through human skin. Since nanoparticles are so small, they have a very large surface area as compared with the amount of their interior. Inside, the contents are stable, but those ...


  • CRS Prepares “Policy Primer” on Nanotechnology

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) prepared a June 28, 2016, report, Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer. The report provides an overview of federal research and development (R&D) in nanotechnology, U.S. competitiveness in the field, environmental, health, and safety (EHS) concerns, nanomanufacturing, and public ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • NIOSH Publishes Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan

    On December 20, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a document entitled Protecting the Nanotechnology Workforce: NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan, 2013-2016. NIOSH describes the document as “the roadmap being used to advance basic understanding of the toxicology and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EFSA Priority Topics for Guidance Development Include Nanotechnologies

    On June 20, 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion entitled “Priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance by EFSA’s Scientific Committee in ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • OECD Posts Report on Nanotechnology and Tire Industry

    On July 24, 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a report entitled Nanotechnology and Tyres: Greening Industry and Transport, which provides a risk management framework to enable site-specific or company-specific risk assessments or risk management strategies ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Parliament backs NGOs calls for tighter controls on nanotechnology

    March saw the European Parliament's Environment Committee vote on controls of nanomaterials. The results supported almost all key issues raised by NGOs. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Europe's largest federation of environmental citizens, organizations, have been a prominant force behind the push for stricter controls. They were extremely pleased with the results of the vote. The ...

  • Germany Publishes Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020

    The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) recently published an English version of its Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020 Based on the success of the Action Plan Nanotechnology over the previous ten years, the federal government will continue the Action Plan Nanotechnology for the next five years. Action Plan Nanotechnology 2020 is geared towards the priorities ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Germany Publishes Results of Research Project on the Perception of Nanotechnology

    The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) announced on November 27, 2013, that it completed NanoView, a research project on the perception of nanotechnology by the German population and media. Under the project, BfR examined whether ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • 2016 SNO Conference Will Focus on Sustainable Nanotechnology Systems

    The 2016 Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) conference will be held November 10-12, 2016. The conference sessions will be organized around selected “systems,” and sessions will be populated with talks on applications, effects and implications, analytical methods, and lifecycle aspects of nanomaterials within each system. The aims are to identity where nanomaterials and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EC adopts 2007-2009 nanotechnology implementation report

    the European Commission (EC) adopted a Communication entitled Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: An Action Plan for Europe 2005-2009. Second Implementation Report 2007-2009. The Communication outlines the key developments during 2007-2009 in each policy area of the Nanotechnology Action Plan 2005-2009, identifies current challenges, and draws conclusions relevant to the future European ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EFSA consults on draft opinion on nanotechnologies and food and feed safety

    EFSA is set to launch a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion in relation to nanoscience and nanotechnologies and food and feed safety. Nanotechnologies involve the use of substances on a very small scale. This draft opinion focuses on engineered nano materials (ENM) that could be deliberately introduced into the food chain. It elaborates on approaches to risk assessment in this ...

  • AECOM Environment collaborates with University of California at Santa Barbara on sustainable nanotechnology initiative

    AECOM Environemnt and the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) are collaborating on the new Sustainable Nanotechnology Initiative (SNI) at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. AECOM Environment is the global environmental practice of AECOM, and a leader in environmental health and safety solutions. Nanotechnology involves engineering at atomic-scale levels to ...


    By AECOM

  • Canadian Parliament Holds First Reading of Bill to Create Framework to Regulate Nanotechnology

    On June 8, 2016, the House of Commons held its first reading of an Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) (nanotechnology) (C-287). The bill would add Part 6.1 to CEPA primarily to implement procedures for the investigation and assessment of ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Nanotechnology: A brave new world requires bold new research approaches

    Nanotechnology opens new worlds of possibilities for important computer, medical and environmental applications. To ensure nanotechnology is developed in a responsible manner, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and EPA awarded $38 million to establish two Centers for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINs). EPA contributed $5 million to the overall award, which is the largest ...

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